I’m finding it hard to say much about Donald Glover’s latest masterpiece, the approximate 1-hour film co-starring Rihanna — Guava Island.
As you probably know by now this weekend, after a stellar headlining performance at Coachella, the mysterious, near-secret project Glover and Rihanna were evidently working on together last year in Cuba is now on Amazon Prime.
The thing is: it’s really better knowing the least about Guava Island as you can before watching it. I, for one, sort of messed up by catching a Reddit thread with the “unofficial soundtrack” and being unable to resist a bootleg-captured scene from the film with the two A-listers (and I’ll leave it at that.)
So alas: I won’t say anything other than it’s phenomenal, captivating, and repeating that Guava Island is a masterpiece. Props to Glover and his familiar cast of collaborators, director Hiro Murai, producer Ludwig Goransson, and choreographer Sherrie Silver.
For after viewing: read this Twitter thread that explores the connections between Guava Island and much of Glover’s other works. Definitely makes you think.
Over the holiday weekend, we heard the next development for Donald Glover’s upcoming FX show, Atlanta, which now has a cast and is all the more ready for production and airing.
Glover himself will play Earnest “Earn” Marks. Earn is described as an artistic loner who left Atlanta to further his dreams of success, only to return beneath the dark cloud of supposed failure which informs his troubled relationship with Van — with whom he shares a daughter. Van is played by Zazie Beetz (Applesauce).
Earn’s cousin Alfred Miles, Atlanta’s most bankable and on-the-rise hip-hop star, is portrayed by Brian Tyree Henry — who you might recognize from HBO‘s Vice Principals or The Good Wife. Sensing an opportunity, Earn attempts to offer his services as Alfred’s manager — again seeking a path out of Atlanta. Alfred’s creative partner, Darius, will be played Lakeith Lee Stanfield (Dope, Selma).
The plot details that come with these characters sound pretty fascinating, in fact. I’m lookin’ forward to seeing it, hopefully by the end of this year as Atlanta begins filming later this month. Glover will also executive produce.
h/t Complex & Deadline
All falsetto, no rhymes. What do you think?
I had a buddy message me he was not happy, but I like Gambino’s singing more than most. A studio version of this will definitely help my mixed first reaction because this didn’t jump out like other top-tier singing songs like “The Palisades” most recently. I dig the live band and energy though. Here’s the live video making its rounds.
Was literally talking with a fellow Gambino fan a couple weeks ago that it was about time for a new album from the Grammy-nominated artist this summer.
There’s no date or estimate for a new album, but this is a promising sign… tweets spotted by Reddit users show a 50 singer studio session for Gambino’s album taking place last night.
Whoo. That’s a lot of singers. Also a good sign because a triumphant choir always sounds great. Look at Gambino in the middle of that pic too, /serious face.
You may know by now that Donald Glover keeps it close to the chest on Twitter. Basically because he’s deleted all his tweets.
But last night, he lifted his non-activity on the social media platform by hosting an all too brief, yet fascinating Q&A… which of course he then deleted.
Fortunately for the internet, screenshots exist. Here are some of the back and forths, including plans to work with Migos… who responded back today.
I guess Childish Gambino is like a period of my art time, and I want to have periods in my life, so I feel like Childish Gambino is a period that should come to a close. I like endings.
Now, this doesn’t mean that ending is anytime soon… nor does it mean Glover is going to stop rapping… just maybe stop rapping as “Childish Gambino.” Plus, he delivers it all kinda casually. Whatever the case, it got my attention too and as a fan, I obviously hope for more art and music from the talented Glover. And for the record I love the name Childish Gambino but if it doesn’t stay, I hope it’s an evolution into something new too. I’m sure it will be, in fact.
Also on The Today Show (which is a nice look for Glover), he talks about his upcoming film he’s starring in called The Lazarus Effect (this clip looks cool) and talks on the #DonaldForSpiderman campaign that’s being brought up again. I’m for that too.
ICYMI: Donald Glover on the creative process